China Mobile's first-half net profits rose 13 per cent to Yn17.47bn, although part of the improvement could be attributed to the cellular company's acquisition of eight new provinces last year.
Company chairman Wang Xiaochu warned that competition would continue to depress tariffs and affect average revenue per user (Arpu). Despite the addition of 11.41m new subscribers in the first half, Arpu fell over the period from Yn115 to Yn104. Moreover, tariffs have fallen as a result of competition from China Unicom and Xiaolingtong, the wireless service provided by China Netcom and China Telecom.
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